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IGBC Green Building Congress 2015 calls for greater cooperation between Asian and European Countries
~Initiative undertaken to enhance business linkages among countries and capitalize on the opportunities in the Green sector~
Gandhinagar, November 20, 2015: The second day of the conference organised by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), has seen international panelists from Asia and Europe exchange ideas & showcase innovative green products and technologies like- solar technologies, water technologies building controls, instrumentation, etc.,

Mr N Venkataraman, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India said that ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) initiative has the objective of forging linkages and improving relationships between Asia and European countries. Environment and Green Buildings offer an excellent opportunity for forging these business linkages, he added. MEA, he said, will be glad to support this initiative.

Dr. Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC said that, "It is important to develop business linkages on green buildings across countries."Asia, in particular, is a fast growing continent with significant potential. IGBC estimates that India has business potential of USD 300 billion in green building products, technologies and services by 2025", added Dr. Jain.

Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake, Executive Vice Chairman, Green Building Council of Sri Lanka said that, "there is huge market potential in the Sri Lankan market waiting to be tapped. We in Sri Lanka conduct training programmes on green building programs and are open to suggestions and ideas on green buildings and rating system," he added.

Ar. Ludovic Jonard, ASF International, France and Mr Jean Grebert, Renault, France, while appreciating the initiative of MEA said that France is open to participate actively in this initiative.

Dr. Marilyn S Black, Vice President and Technical advisor, Underwriters laboratories highlighted that, "green buildings should focus on indoor air quality and the standards should be managed on BOC (Bio-organic components) of Green Building."

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